Sabrina is a mother of two, with children aged 20 and 17 balancing being a working mother, wife and student. Earlier experiences with education were characterized by struggles as she dealt with an undiagnosed learning disability. Returning to the classroom was her way of reshaping her negative associations with education.
She says that her goal is to inspire her children to embrace challenges, recognize their potential, and excel in their pursuits. Sabrina adds, “To fellow parents, I would offer the advice to relish the journey, take it one step at a time, and don't forget to practice self-care. Afterall, you are doing what many consider impossible.”
Lena is at Madison College getting her nursing degree while also raising three children as a single mom. She is also a first gen college student hoping to set an example for her children. Like Sabrina and Lai’Kita, she says that her children inspire her to pursue her education.
Lena acknowledges that the journey is not an easy one and tries to manage the challenges by being flexible – both as a parent and a student.
She encourages other student parents to take the time to build relationships with their child's school, as well as their school and place of work to be able to access help and resources that they may provide.